OBS Studio is a powerful streaming tool that has a lot of features including video filters. These filters allow you to customize any video source inside OBS. You can use these to color correct your webcam or customize the shape of your video using a mask.
These filters can allow you to customize your stream and make it unique compared to your competition. A better-looking stream is more likely to get more viewers. Let’s jump in and take a look at the 5 Best OBS Studio filters.
How To Use Video Filters In OBS Studio
To use video filters in OBS Studio, follow the steps below:
- Open OBS Studio
- Navigate to sources and right-click on the scene that you want to add a filter to.
- Select Filters
- A filters panel will appear. Click the + under Effect filters. Here you will see all of the video filters available.
- Select the video filter you want to add to your video filter to and adjust the settings of your filter.
5 Best OBS Video Filters For Streamers
Below are some of the best OBS filters to customize and improve your video sources.
LUTs are one of the most commonly used OBS filters as they allow you to change how your camera looks. LUT stands for Look Up Table and is essentially a filter for video.
You will need to create or download a LUT to use it in OBS.
Where To Find LUTs For Streamers
If you want some free LUTs to try on your stream check out the links below:
LUT Before & After
Below is an example of how a LUT can change the look of your video source.
We have a full guide on how to use LUTs in OBS.
An image mask allows you to remove a certain part of your video source using a mask. A mask is just a png file. Any part of the file that is black will be removed from your video. Any part that is white will stay. Grey parts of the file will change the opacity of a certain section in the video.
You can see how this works in the image below.
If you want to learn more about image masks, how to use them and where to get them to check out our full guide on How To Use Image Masks.
Chroma key is another popular filter used on OBS allowing you to remove your background using a green screen. If you have a green screen this is the feature you will need to use to make your green screen work.
Just select your Key color type (most likely green) and pop up your green screen behind you, making sure it is well lit. The chroma key will then remove anything in the frame that is green.
There are some settings you can adjust to make sure that your green screen looks just how you want it.
Similarity – Adjusting this will adjust the level of green that will be transparent. The higher you make the similarity the more shades of green will be transparent.
If you select a value that is too low you may see certain parts of your green screen in the background if, for example, it’s not well lit. Play around with this setting to see which level best fits your setup.
Smoothness – When using the Chroma key and a green screen you may find that your images are slightly graining. Adjusting the smoothness upward can help to fix this.
Key Color Split Reduction – If you have blonde hair, you may find it is getting keyed out as the green screen is reflecting on your hair. Adjusting this setting upward will allow you to fix this.
Again this really depends on your set-up, so you will have to play around with this setting to get it as you like it.
If you want more info on setting up Chroma Key with a green screen check out our tutorial on How To Set Up A Green Screen.
The scroll effect on OBS Studio allows you to create moving tickers in your scene. Similar to a news channel with breaking news along the bottom, you can make a ticker that shows recent followers or subscribers.
You can even create amazing backgrounds by creating a scrolling image in the background similar to the image below:
You can check out our Full Guide to Making Scrolling text and images in OBS Studio.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Crop allows you to crop your video sources to only show the section of the video you want to show. This is perfect if you want to change your webcam to be square instead of a rectangle for example.
Check out our full guide on how to crop sources in OBS Studio.
Hopefully, these video filters will help you improve your stream setup. You can use these filters to create a more custom feel to your scene in OBS. Filters like this can make your stream stand out from the competition.
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